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Essential Oils and Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy protocols vary with the type of tumor, the stage of the disease, the patient's age, his or her general status, and visceral defects. The side effects of chemotherapy can be acute, arising during the first hours following chemotherapy. They can also be delayed, appearing after several chemotherapy cycles. They include digestive toxicity, blood cell toxicity, infections, neurotoxicity, and toxicity of the skin and nails.
Reducing Digestive Toxicity

Vomiting and Nausea
Chemotherapies generally induce nausea and vomiting, especially the anthracyclines and platinum salts. The nausea is generally reduced with allopathic drugs such as Zophren, Kytril, Emend, Solumedrol, and Vogalene. These treatments are even more effective when accompanied by an aromatherapy treatment. Dosage can be reduced and a corresponding reduction in side effects is observed.

Suggested Oils to reduce Nausea
Greenland Moss(ledum groenlandicum) lemon (Citrus limon) Rosemary verbenone (Rosmarinus officinalis verbenone) and Juniper (Juniperus communis) are ingested at the rate of 2 drops each twice a day, beginning the day after chemotherapy for 3 to 4 days.

Liver Complications
Liver complications brought on by chempotherapy have been described frequently. The hepatotoxicity of different chemotherapy drugs is difficult to specify: however, nitrosyl-ureas induce enzymatic disruptions.

Suggested Oils to Reduce Liver Toxicity
Essential oils of Ledum groenlandicum (greenland Moss) Citrus limon (lemon) Rosmarinus officinalis verbenone (Rosemary verbenone) are taken at a rate of 3 drops 3 times a day for 10 days following chemotherapy. Using these oils generally lowers the elevated levels of transaminase enzymes or gamma GT.

Inflammation of the Oral Mucous membranes (Mucositis)
Mucositis is among chemotherapy's frequent side effects. Mucositis is a manifestation of either the direct toxicity of the agent used or of secondary immunodepression, making it easier for mycoses to develop. Mucositis can occur with most protocols but is more frequent with methotrexate, ellipticine, continuous 5 Fu (Fluorouracil), and Periwinkle alkaloids. The condition is often confined to the oral cavity but can spread to the entire digestive  tract.

Suggested Oils for Ulcers or Cank Sores in the Oral Cavity
Essential oil preparations of Bay Laurel (Laurus nobilis) Carrot Seed (Dacus carota) Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia), Niaouli (melaleuca quinquenervia viridiflora), and Roman Chamomile (Chamaememlum nobile) diluted in wheatgerm vegetable oil applied locally to the aphthas or gargling with calendula tincture are effective for preventing or soothing aphthas. These mouthwashes could also be used along with classic care, which is alkaline mouthwash with sodium bicarbonate at 1.4%.

Diarrhea and Constipation
Diarrhea is relatively frequent during chemotherapy. It is frequent with 5 Fu (Fluorouracil) oxaliplatin (Eloxatine), and also with irinotecan (campo), Constipation is frequent and its causes are various. It may be caused by the cancer itself (digestive and peritoneal localizations, hypocalcaemia), changes in lifestyle brought on by the disease (food, confinement to bed), and drugs such as opioids, chemotherapy, and related products.

In fact, antiemetics (substances effective against vomiting and nausea), especially setrons, can be responsible for constipative phenomena that are sometimes lasting and tenacious. Their role, as well as that of certain cytotoxics that slow bowel movements, must be determined, particularly that of Periwinkle alkaloids (vincristine, vinblastine, vindesine, vinorelbine). Constipation linked to cytotoxics is often accompanied by abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting.

The essential oil of Ocimum basilicum (Basil) helps keep bowel movements regular.

Appetite Loss and Altered Sense of Taste
Digestive problems can also impact appetite. in addition many drugs alter the sense of taste, such as doxetaxel (Taxotere)

Suggested Oils to Restore Taste and Regain Appetite
The essential oils of Artemisia dracunculus (Tarragon) and Laurus nobilis (Bay Laurel) helps recover the normal taste of food. essential oils such as Pimpinella anisum (Anise) Mentha x piperita (peppermint) and Ocimum basilicum (basil) are used at a rate of 1 drop per day to stimulate appetite.Reference:The Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils: Kurt Schnaubelt, Ph.D.

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